The Origin of Japanese Cuisine in World War II

"Eat everything!" Poster

One of the leading scholars on Japanese food culture/history, Eric Rath, will make a class visit to JAPN223 Japanese Food Culture in a Global Context. In addition, he will give a public talk on Japan’s cuisines.

Schapiro 129 | April 13 , 4:15 pm

Sponsored by Japanese Program Tompkins Fund, Asian Studies Department, the Lecture Committee, and Center for Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Cultures.

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Who owns Russia’s past?

Russian Girls

Russians like to joke that theirs is “a country with an unpredictable past.” This lecture explores the Kremlin’s efforts to deploy official narratives about historical events—World War II above all—to legitimize current policies and shape national identity. In addition, Prof. Tumarkin will highlight grassroots efforts to claim ownership of Russia’s dramatic and contested past.

April 17, 4:15PM | Schapiro 129

Sponsored by the Department of Russian and German with support from the Department of History, Programs in Comparative Literature and Global Studies, and the Center for Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Cultures

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Afro Cuban Ritual Practices: Ifa and Santeria


Serafín “Tato” Quiñones and Yesenia Fernández Selier will introduce the general public to the Afro-Cuban Yoruba Culture, the Afro-Caribbean religions and their significance as “time capsules” of identity. Afro Cuban ritual practices were for centuries considered atavist and barbaric, transmitted through oral tradition and hidden from mainstream culture. However, lately there has been a renascence of interest by scholars and the general public with an outstanding transitional network of practitioners and religious families. Tato will discuss the main transformations of the Ifa and Santeria transnational practices.

Journalist, writer, a self-taught documentary filmmaker and a scholar on Afro-Cuban religion and culture, Tato is a Priest of the Ifá Iranlowo Temple in Havana, Cuba.

Yesenia Fernández Selier is a Cuban-born performer, Afro-Cuban dance teacher and researcher, currently a Media, Culture and Communication Ph.D. student at New York University. She will give a dance workshop on April 20 with the Modern Folklore class from 1:10 – 3:50PM in the dance studio. She will demonstrate how these identity practices have been incorporated (embodiment) through the representation of the orishas, and ritual music and dances.

Wednesday, April 19 at 4:15pm to 5:45pm | Hollander Hall, 241
Thursday, April 20 at 1:10PM to 3:50PM | Dance workshop with the Modern Folklore class in the dance studio

Sponsored by Dance, Africana Studies, Anthropology & Sociology, Global Studies, Religion, Davis Center, Spanish, Center for Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Cultures

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Reading for Pleasure: Romance Fiction in the International Marketplace

Reading for Pleasure

Why does American romance fiction sell so well? What does Jane Austen fan fiction in China look like? Who reads Harlequin romances in Turkey? How do Russians read Fifty Shades of Grey? These are just some of the topics related to the most lucrative and popular genre of fiction being consumed globally today and the subject of “Reading for Pleasure: Romance Fiction in the International Marketplace,” April 21-23. The conference brings together authors, publishers, bloggers, and scholars of popular romance. There will be a film screening, a book signing by well-known authors, and several panels. Come listen to Emmy Award-winning film-maker Laurie Kahn; best-selling authors Sonali Dev, Eloisa James, and Katy Regnery; and LGBTQ author and publisher Radclyffe, among others. All events are free and open to the public.

Sponsored by Romance Writers of America; The Oakley Center for the Humanities and Social Sciences; The Center for Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Cultures; the Departments of German and Russian, Romance Languages, and English; the Programs in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies and Leadership Studies; and the Michael Dively ’61 Lecture Committee for Human Sexuality and Diversity.

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Arabic in a Changing World: Cultural and Pedagogical Implications

A talk by Dr. Mahmoud Al-Batal
University of Texas, Austin
Co- author of Alif Baa and Al-Kitaab fii tacallum al-cArabiyya

This talk will discuss the changes and challenges within the Arabic teaching profession in the US in the past fifteen years. It will also highlight some of the linguistic and cultural changes that Arabic is currently undergoing in the Arab world and the implications of these changes for the learning and teaching of Arabic as a world language.

Thursday, March 2 at 4:00pm | Schapiro 129

Sponsored by Arabic Studies, Asian Studies, the Davis Center, Anthropology and Sociology, Romance Languages, and the Center for Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Cultures.

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“Mom, Felix went nuts again!” – About my life as a comic artist” Talk by German Comic Author FLIX

Felix Görmann

Felix Görmann aka FLIX, is one of the leading German Comic artists and the author of several bestselling comic books and graphic novels. He was awarded numerous awards for his work such as the Max und Moritz Price in 2004 & 2012 for Best Comic as well as the Rudolph-Dirks Award in 2016 for Best Social Drama and Best Literary Adaptation. His comic strips are regularly featured in the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (equivalent of the NY Times).

Tuesday, February 28 at 4:30am to 6:00am | Hollander Hall, 241

Sponsored by Art History & Studio Art, English, Graduate Program in Art History, History, German, Davis Center, Comparative Literature, Center for Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Cultures

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Therí Pickens, Politics and Poetics of Breath: The Poetry of Suheir Hammad

Therí Pickens

A Talk by Therí Pickens, Associate Professor of English, Bates College
Suheir Hammad, spoken word poet & actress, builds upon the poetic traditions of Black feminist poetry and hip-hop to articulate a vision for Palestinian identity. She mobilizes the specificity and mechanics of breath to analyze and mark existence. What does it mean when you breathe in a world that won’t let you be?

Tuesday, Feb. 21 at 7:00pm | Hollander 241 Center

Sponsored by Arabic Studies, Lecture Committee, Comparative Literature, Romance Languages, Africana, English and Davis Center

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School Stories: Diversity and Adversity in New French Film

French Film Festival, Williams College

Over 3 consecutive Mondays at 7PM, on February 13, 20 and 27 (2017), the Williams Department of Romance Languages will screen 3 recent French films at Images Cinema:

  • ✣ February 13 @7PM: Julie Bertucelli’s La Cour de Babel (The School of Babel) (2013)
  • ✣ February 20 @7PM: Catherine Corsini’s La Belle saison (Summertime) (2015)
  • ✣ February 27 @7PM: Abd Al Malik’s Qu’Allah bénisse la France! (May Allah Bless France!) (2015)

All films are in French with English subtitles, and are free and open to the public.

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Race to the Top: The Rise of China and Prospects for India

Jacob Kurien

Speaker: Jacob Kurien, Professor of International Economics, Johns Hopkins University-Nanjing University Center for Chinese and American Studies, Nanjing, China

Thursday, February 9 | 8:00-9:30 P.M. | Griffin 6

All students, faculty, staff, and members of the local community are welcome!
Sponsored by the Department of Asian Studies

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Trump Travel Ban

Trump Travel Ban

Arabic Studies invites you to attend a special roundtable on the recent travel ban that President Trump imposed on predominantly Muslim countries, including Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen. In this informal roundtable, Professors Jacqueline Hidalgo (Latina/o Studies), Magnus Bernhardsson (History), Diala Al-Masri (CDE), and Zaid Adhami (Religion) will lead an interdisciplinary debate about the legal and ethical ramification of this executive order and its significance in the larger geopolitical and cultural landscape of borders, race, immigration and refugees as well as US domestic and foreign policy towards the Arab and the Muslim worlds.

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